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IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship

IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship
Most recent season or competition:
2015 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship
Sport Inline hockey
Founded 1996
No. of teams 8 in the Top Division
8 in Division I
Most recent champion(s)  Canada
Most titles  United States (6 titles)
Official website IIHF.com

The IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship is an annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation. The 20th championship was held between 5 July and 11 July in Tampere, Finland.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Format 2
  • Divisions 3
    • Top Division 3.1
    • Division I 3.2
    • Qualification tournaments 3.3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

The IIHF In-Line Hockey World Championship is one of the youngest IIHF events, but one that has largely grown in importance since its inception in 1996. In-Line Hockey as a sport has grown rapidly since 1996 and now more nations than ever are fielding teams and the World Championship is becoming increasingly more competitive. During the first three years of the IIHF In-Line Hockey World Championship, North American teams dominated the field. The United States and Canada finished in first and second place at each of the first three championships, in which the United States played host to each year.

In 1998, the format of the tournament changed and so, for the first time, did the gold medalist. The tournament was expanded to include two groups, one with the top eight teams in Anaheim, California and the other group, with the next eight nations, hosted in Bratislava, Slovakia. This was one of the earliest signs of In-Line Hockey’s growing popularity around the globe. Canada upset the two-time world champion and hosts, Team USA, for the gold medal. The 2000 World Championship was the first true shift in the standings to Europe’s advantage. Finland finally upgraded its bronze medal and went home with the gold after defeating the hosts, the Czech Republic, in the final game. Team USA closed out the medal winners with a bronze medal. The 2000 World Championship also featured New Zealand and Chile in the world championship mix for the first time. Overall, the 2000 tournament had teams from four continents (North America, South America, Europe and Australia) represented.

In 2001, Finland won the gold medal for the second straight year, edging out the host again, this time, Team USA. The Czech Republic took home a medal for the second straight year, earning the bronze medal and again four continents were represented. In 2002, Sweden emerged from out of nowhere to win its first-ever medal, which proved to be gold. The highest the Swede’s had ever finished in the A Group previously was fifth and it was just Sweden’s third season in the top Group. That year, Germany gave the fans in Nurnberg something to cheer about, earning its first-ever medal at the In-Line Hockey World Championship, a bronze medal effort.

In 2003, it was Finland squeaking past Sweden in the final game, while Team USA returned to the podium, claiming the bronze medal. In 2010, USA won its fifth championship, first since 2006 and in 2012, Canada won its first championship since 1998. In July 2015 it was announced that the World Championships would be changed from an annual tournament to a biennial tournament.[1] The change means that three qualification tournaments will be held in the even years to earn promotion to Division I, starting in 2016, and the World Championships will be held in the odd years, starting in 2017.[1] The qualification tournaments have been restructured into three regions to lower travel costs with the regions now being Africa / South America, Asia / Oceania, and Europe / North America.[1]

Format

The current format for the World Championships features 16 teams: 8 teams in the Top Division and 8 teams in Division I. If more than 16 teams wish to participate then qualification tournaments are held. In the Preliminary round the 16 teams are split into 4 groups (Groups A through D) with Groups A and B forming the Top Division, and the Groups C and D forming Division I. The teams play each other in a round robin format, and then all teams proceed to the quarterfinals. Single game elimination rounds are played to establish 1st through 8th place.

The IIHF consists of two tournaments. The Top Division tournament is the main one and below that is the Division I tournament. At the end of the tournament the best seven teams of the Top Division and the winner of Division I will be qualified for the next IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship Top Division. The last-placed team of the Top Division will be relegated to the next IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship Division I. Additionally, the bottom three placed teams in Division I are relegated to the Qualification tournaments which are split into the three regions of Africa / South America, Asia / Oceania, and Europe / North America.[1] The winners of the Qualification tournaments will gain promotion to the next Division I tournament.[1]

The ranking of the groups is based according to the result of the last World Championships performance of the respective countries in the IIHF Inline Hockey Program and the qualification rounds.All games in the preliminary round and in the playoffs will be played with 5-minute sudden-death overtime and a penalty shootout in case of a tie. The final games will be played with a 12- minute sudden-death overtime, followed by a penalty shootout competition in case of a tie.

Divisions

As of July 2015, the IIHF Inline Hockey World Championships are split up into two different divisions along with three regional qualification tournaments of Africa / South America, Asia / Oceania, and Europe / North America.[1] For a full list of IIHF members, see List of members of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Keys:

Promoted
Never been promoted/relegated (started in that division)
Relegated

Top Division

The Top Division comprises the top eight inline hockey nations in the world. The 2017 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship is scheduled to be held between 24 June and 2 July 2017 in Bratislava, Slovakia.[1] An IIHF rule is that the host of the next tournament can not be relegated, which is in place to help make a tournament more successful.

Nation Group
(as of 2015)
Member of
IIHF since
Member of
division since
Ref.
 Canada Group B 1920 2009 [2]
 Croatia 1992 2017 [3]
 Czech Republic Group A 1908 1996 [4]
 Finland Group A 1928 1996 [5]
 Germany Group B 1909 1996 [6]
 Slovakia Group B 1993 2013 [7]
 Sweden Group A 1912 1998 [8]
 United States Group B 1920 1996 [9]

Division I

Division I comprises eight teams which are broken into two groups.[10] The 2017 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship Division I is scheduled to be held between 24 June and 2 July 2017 in Bratislava, Slovakia.[1]

Nation Group
(as of 2015)
Member of
IIHF since
Member of
division since
Ref.
 Argentina Group C 1998 2015 [11]
 Australia Group D 1938 2003 [12]
 Great Britain Group C 1908 2015 [13]
 Hungary Group D 1927 2003 [14]
 Slovenia 1992 2017 [15]
2016 Africa / South America winner
2016 Asia / Oceania winner
2016 Europe / North America winner

Qualification tournaments

Africa / South America
Nation Member of
IIHF since
Qualifying
since
Ref.
 Chile 2000 2002 [16]
Asia / Oceania
Nation Member of
IIHF since
Qualifying
since
Ref.
 Hong Kong 1983 2014 [17]
Europe / North America
Nation Member of
IIHF since
Qualifying
since
Ref.
 Austria 1912 2016 [18]
 Bulgaria 1960 2016 [19]
 Israel 1991 2009 [20]
 Latvia 1931 2016 [21]
 Macedonia 2001 2011 [22]
 Serbia 1939 2014 [23]
Teams not attempting to participate in 2015
Nation Member of
IIHF since
Not Participated
since
Ref.
 Belgium 1908 2004 [24]
 Brazil 1984 2014 [25]
 Chinese Taipei 1983 2011 [26]
 Ireland 1996 2013 [27]
 Italy 1924 1998 [28]
 Japan 1930 2014 [29]
 Namibia 1998 2010 [30]
 Netherlands 1935 2000 [31]
 New Zealand 1977 2012 [32]
 Portugal 1999 2005 [33]
 Russia 1952 1998 [34]
 South Africa 1992 2011 [35]
  Switzerland 1908 1998 [36]
 Turkey 1991 2012 [37]

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External links

  • Inline hockey on official IIHF website
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